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The 2019 Drysdale Lecture

Event — 16th November 2018

2019 Drysdale Lecture: The Current State of Christian-Muslim Relations

The fourteen century relationship between the Christian and Muslim communities is a long and complex one, with many different dimensions.

The first two decades of the twenty-first century have now seen a number of significant developments in Christian-Muslim Relations around the world, whether in the strictly theological sense or in the broader cultural and political senses.

Some of these are more positive (e.g. the ‘Dialogue of Civilizations’ initiative, the ‘Building Bridges’ seminars, the establishment of the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, or the setting up of the United Nations Inter-Faith Harmony Week), while others are more negative (e.g. the events of 11th September 2001, the Danish Cartoons controversy, Pope Benedict’s Regensburg Lecture, or the assassination of Sahbhaz Bhatti).

This lecture will assess the current state of the relationship between the two communities, and suggest whether there is cause for optimism or for pessimism with regard to its future.

Professor Hugh Goddard

Hugh Goddard has worked and studied in the Middle East, in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, and has also undertaken a number of research visits to other regions of the Islamic World, including Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Malaysia, Indonesia and Central Asia.

He is the author of Christians and Muslims: From Double Standards to Mutual Understanding (London: Curzon, 1995), Muslim Perceptions of Christianity (London: Grey Seal, 1996), and A History of Christian-Muslim Relations (Edinburgh University Press and Chicago: New Amsterdam, 2000).

  • Date: Monday 25th February
  • Venue: J B Maclagan Chapel, NTC, M20 2GU
  • Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm (Refreshments will follow lecture)
  • Cost: Free and open to the public

About the Drysdale Lecture

In 1916 Scottish evangelist John Douglas Drysdale settled in Birkenhead and gathered around him a following which soon became Emmanuel Church in Claughton Road. His fervent preaching challenged young people to be trained in reaching out to the needs of people world-wide. Emmanuel Bible College began training missionaries on November 11th 1920 with three students.

In 1997, Emmanuel Bible College, Birkenhead, ceased operation and became an integral part of NTC, and in 2004 the Emmanuel Centre, a new library and classroom unit, was opened, to mark that transition. The mission interests of EBC were carried at NTC first by the Emmanuel Centre for Mission Study, and then The Centre for Evangelism and Church Development led by Momentum UK.

Currently the missional studies and practice at Nazarene Theological College are imbedded in the overarching Practical and Social Theology department. The ‘Drysdale Lecture’ began in 1998, and is designed to allow an opportunity for critical reflection on key areas in contemporary missiology.